Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Branch
1901 Vine St. Philadelphia, PA 19103
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    Upcoming events
      Foodie Forum: Equipping Food Entrepreneurs for Business Success
    • Monday, October 3, 2016
    • Do you want to start a food service business? Are you looking for food business funding information and assistance? Are you looking for commercial kitchen space to start or grow your food business? Speakers Kim Carter, Vice President of Community Partnerships, and Allison Blansfield, Director of Food Systems from the Enterprise Center , visit to highlight the services of the Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises (CCE), a food business incubator. Learn how to access the commercial kitchen space at the CCE, along with the additional business services provided by The Enterprise Center (TEC) for new and established businesses.
      Monday Poets
    • Monday, October 3, 2016
    • The MONDAY POETS series at the Free Library of Philadelphia features Leonard Gontarek and Michele Belluomini reading from their work on Monday, October 3rd at the Parkway Central Library. The reading begins at 6:30 p.m. in room 108 on the first floor of the library. The MONDAY POETS series, moderated by poet Lamont Dixon, features writers with local and national reputations presenting their latest work in a series now entering its 21st season.
      Bicycling Street Skills by Indego
    • Thursday, October 6, 2016
    • Do you want to try Indego, but need a little more confidence in your city biking skills? This free class will give you the knowledge to start bicycling safely in Philadelphia. Topics covered include how to use Indego, rules of the road, riding in traffic safely, proper helmet fit, and route selection.
      Ann Patchett: Commonwealth
    • Thursday, October 6, 2016
    • Ann Patchett's many novels and nonfiction works have won some of writing's highest awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for "Bel Canto," the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for "Taft," and the New York Times Notable Book of the Year for "The Patron Saint of Liars." Today she visits with her latest novel, the story of a chance romantic encounter that reverberates over five decades.
      Leading Voices: Tracy Kidder - A Truck Full of Money: One Man's Quest to Recover From Great Success
    • Friday, October 7, 2016
    • Tracy Kidder is acclaimed for his unique "literary journalism" that emphasizes compelling narrative and personal voice in such bestselling books as "The Soul of a New Machine," "Among Schoolchildren," and "Mountains Beyond Mountains," a biographical look at anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer's fight against tuberculosis in the developing world. His many honors include the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction, the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. His latest book explores the inspiring story of founder Paul English and the ways new money is changing philanthropy and reshaping the world.
      Bryan Cranston: A Life in Parts
    • Wednesday, October 12, 2016
    • Bryan Cranston won four Emmys, a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, and a Critics' Choice Award for his role as milquetoast-chemistry-teacher-turned-Scarface-of-meth Walter White in "Breaking Bad." His other acting includes the role of hapless dad Hal in "Malcolm in the Middle," roles in films ranging in diversity from "Saving Private Ryan" to the "Power Rangers," and a popular Broadway run as President Lyndon Johnson. This year he received his first Oscar nomination, for his work as the title character in the film "Trumbo." "A Life in Parts" describes the ways in which his experiences shaped his understanding of the transcendent power of hard work over even talent, of failure's ability to fuel success. Say his name.
      David Salle: How to See - Looking, Talking & Thinking About Art
    • Tuesday, October 18, 2016
    • One of the principal definers of postmodern art, painter David Salle is one of the last four decades' most celebrated artists. Known for paintings and prints of what seem to be indiscriminately overlaid found images from a variety of sources and styles, his work hangs in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, The Guggenheim, the National Gallery in Washington D.C., the Tate Modern, and the National Galerie Berlin, among many others. In "How to See," Salle offers a master class in the complexities of engaging with contemporary art via essays, theory, and profiles of his friends and peers.
      Leading Voices: Valerie Graves - Pressure Makes Diamonds: Becoming the Woman I Pretended to Be
    • Wednesday, October 19, 2016
    • Valerie Graves is the nationally lionized creative director of such Fortune 500 accounts as Ford, AT&T, General Foods, and Pepsi. In a rise as improbable as it was meteoric, she broke barriers as the first black copywriter at a number of America's top advertising firms. Her award-winning career continued with such varied and distinguished positions as chief creative officer at two other agencies, senior vice president of creative services at Motown Records, and creative consultant to Bill Clinton. Today she visits the library to discuss her memoir.
      Edward Sorel: Mary Astor's Purple Diary
    • Thursday, October 20, 2016
    • Illustrator, caricaturist and noted political satirist edward Sorel visits with his new book, which offers a character study of scandalous Oscar-winning actress Mary Astor.
      Jodi Picoult: Small Great Things
    • Tuesday, October 25, 2016
    • Best-selling author Jodi Picoult visits with her latest novel, the story of an African American nurse who saves a white supremacist couple's baby.